The North Port Ghost
The first person who shared this story with me told me that the North Port Ghost was a real story. He said that if you drive down a lonely road in rural Alabama you will come to a spot where many people have seen The North Port Ghost. If you slow down, you might see her wandering the road alone. According to legend, the North Port Ghost is the wife of a Confederate soldier. She wanders the night searching for her husband. He never came home from the war and she has never stopped looking for him. Even in death, her lonely specter can be seen all dressed in white waiting for the return of a many who is long go. She is a classic white lady, forever looking for love that will never come.
The second story I heard was much less fun but still interesting. She said the North Port Ghost was a snipe hunt. She claimed upper classman sent Freshmen into the country and told them to drive slowly down a hill while flashing their blinkers. If this is done properly, the light will catch off a lamp post giving the affect of a ghost and scaring the crap out of the Freshman.
According to Shadowlands Haunted Place Index, The North Port Ghost was once commonly seen. He was the ghost of a fallen confederate soldier who used to roam the area. The ghost is not seen anymore and has disintegrated into a tourist attraction because the area has become over developed and is no longer rural.
So, I love my oral traditions and I love this story because it is one that is told again and again, but the true story has been lost somewhere in the telling. It has become a prank and a joke told to scare college students, but I like to believe the first story is true and that urbanization has driven the ghost away.